Sunday, October 14, 2007

Proud parents...

Our 2nd grader, who is a struggling reader, won an award Friday for "outstanding diligence".

We weren't quite sure what this meant and why she was chosen, but our daughter explained it to us.

"The teacher wrote everyone's name on a piece of paper and put it in the hat. Then she picked out four names, and I won. Aren't you so proud of me daddy?"

Actually I am very proud of her, but I don't need meaningless awards to justify it.


nbosch said...

I tease my students often and tell them "I don't give trophies for 7th place". Last year one of my students brought in a pink ribbon from a swim meet for 17th place. Kids and I got a good laugh out of that.

I think it was Sylvia Rimm who said "The only path to true self esteem (I think she calls it self-efficacy) to to try something one percieves as difficult as be sucessful at it". Hope you family is happy in Alaska.

nbosch said...

"The only path to true self esteem (I think she calls it self-efficacy) is to try something one perieves as difficult and be sucessful at it".

several typos--typing in the dark--poorly

Redkudu said...

That sound you hear is me grinding my teeth all the way in Texas.

Joanne Jacobs said...

When my daughter was in sixth grade, I received two bumper stickers in the mail from her school. One said: "My child was student of the month at Jordan Middle School." The other said: "My child made the honor roll at Jordan Middle School."

I said, "I'll put one of these on the car. Which one should I pick?"

My daughter said, "Mom, there are two students of the month every month and nine months in the school year. There are 28 students in the class. You have to do something to make honor roll."